Deadline Poet / October 3, 2023

Schumer Drops Senatorial Dress Code

Calvin Trillin
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman celebrates his victory
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman celebrates his victory on election night November 9, 2022, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Photo by Jeff Swensen / Getty Images)

When Fetterman appeared, one wondered could he
Be senator while dressed in jeans and hoodie?
He could. For senators it’s now OK
To dress for Casual Friday every day.
If rioters attempt another coup
It might be hard to tell just who is who.

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